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claud22x0000
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:54:13 AM
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Notice I said performances not Artists as Ive been really dissapointed by a few legends
but prefer to talk about the absolute most incredible gigs Im so glad too have seen and been part of the massive energy created
no particular order or id be here for hours deciding
mind u i could boast a few legend acts ive seen such as Jeff Healey band at enmore
Buddy guy in the damn right i got the blues era
Clapton at sydney e c for Journeyman
Pink Floyd as well same place

but back to bluesfest

Last yr Patti Smith was playing her entire Horses Album complete with turning over the record announced and static was so phenomenal!!!
the year before Beach Boy master did the whole Pet sounds album , live again a once in a lifetime experience it sounded way better than an album !!!!just incredible ive never heard the entire album.

Buddy Guy last yr at like 80 yrs old almost blew the sides off the circus tent he was so full of power blues as always but he hasnt slowed down much even tho his last 3 albums are more mellow.hendrix didnt record him for nothin!!!

Ben Harper /charlie combo absolutely smoked the blues emotions to the max a few yrs ago !!!!best gig of the entire festival in my mind

Last year was a hendrix tribute by Oz best guitarists ,I was quite out of it and standing about row 10 was smashed into oblivion by the efuceekayin awesome music x5 as they all would play their fav tunes then come together and do riffs as 5 guitarists at once!!!it was so unbelievable Hendrix woulda been proud.!!!sunday sesh as well best day!!

Blindboy Paxton,last two yrs so sad hes not here this yr, is a bloody amazing talent like 1930 smoke filled small gig atmosphere master of 5 instruments and storytelling
about 3 yrs ago or so maybe 2013 ? on a sunday it was pissing down like nothin else and in Jimbalaya tent Mavis Staples and 4 or 5 others sang the blues ,thats the root of all the blues that Church feeling of Gospel wrenching every emotion for all youve got to pray to the gods!!!!never forget it.

Hartz was so good so go see him
St paul and broken bones if gospel and soul melt yr brain hes the man!!!
Nikki Hill band
Joan osborne doing Dylan tracks was so soothing
Playing for change with the dude comin this yr and that mad guitarist Vasti Jackson
thers more but hey thisll open discussions im sure
See yas there!!
andrewfuller620000
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:34:57 PM

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2016 Bluesfest

Tedeschi Trucks Band back-to-back with Joe Bonamassa.

Now that's guitar-playing bliss, all 3.5 hours of it.

"The white man had the schmaltz
The black man had the blues
No one knew what they was gonna do
But Tchaikovsky had the news...."
milkmeister
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:21:42 PM
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Paul Simon (2013)
Tedeschi Trucks Band every time I've seen them
Neil Finn (2017)
Status Quo (2013)
Roger Hodgson (2013)
Mavis Staples (2017)

I could be here all day...
tonyivits
Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:08:37 AM
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Many great performances but standouts include Robert Randolph and his Family Band ,Tedeschi Trucks Band,Raul Malo,Paul Simon,Shooglenifty,Melbourne Ska Band,St Paul and the Broken Bones and Melissa Etheridge.
glenboss
Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 5:15:57 PM
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tonyivits wrote:
Many great performances but standouts include Robert Randolph and his Family Band ,Tedeschi Trucks Band,Raul Malo,Paul Simon,Shooglenifty,Melbourne Ska Band,St Paul and the Broken Bones and Melissa Etheridge.


I would vote Robert Randolph and the Family Band in 2011 as the No 1 act I've seen at Bluesfest.
waffles
Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 5:26:09 PM
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I agree.especially the sunday gig with his version of purple haze.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
bmrider53
Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2018 7:17:43 PM
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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a great standout, awesome musicianship from all players
Gov't Mule - couldn't believe it wasn't Cream
Tedeschi Trucks Band - two great band in one
Jeff Beck - thought I would never get to see him - didn't disappoint at all
Candye Kane - thought she was a gimmick until I saw her - biggest fan ever since
Joanne Shaw Taylor - amazing guitarist
Status Quo - worked so well with their audience I thought I was the only one watching (first time ever)
Melbourne Ska Band - so much brass.....
Trombone Shorty - so charismatic and great musician
Galactic - so funky as themselves, so much better than with that rapper
humanracin
Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:34:23 AM
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Best shows I've seen over the years:

Sinead O'Connor
Damien Dempsey
Grace Jones
Mavis Staples
Earth Wind and Fire
Morcheeba
Iron and Wine
Patti Smith
Bonnie Raitt
Aussiecroc
Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:16:44 PM
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R.E.M.
BOB DYLAN
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
PAUL SIMON
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
GOVT MULE
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD
JAKE SHIMABUKURO
DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN AND THE GUILTY ONES
JACKSON BROWNE

no order!
Aussiecroc
Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:18:36 PM
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Top 5

R.E.M.
BOB DYLAN
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN AND THE GUILTY ONES

donny20
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 8:52:33 AM
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So much good music,22 blues festivals,really hard to call and I`ll probably forget a few.
Buddy Guy.
Joe Bonamassa.
Crosby,Stills and Nash.
Yes.
Jeff Beck.
Tedeski Trucks.
Ray Davies.
Eric Burdon.
The Paladins.{Blues Set.]
Robert Randolph.,
with apoligies to dozens of others.
repete
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 9:20:36 AM
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Some fantastic suggestions, but for me there is one which stands out head and shoulders above all others - the late Solomon Burke in 2004. Just imagine all the stalls at the fest stopping to serve customers as the owners danced their asses off. This was the power of Solomon Burke's performance in 2004. Never before and never again.

Hangin' out on Frenchmen
jandjhill0000
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 9:47:26 AM
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repete wrote:
Some fantastic suggestions, but for me there is one which stands out head and shoulders above all others - the late Solomon Burke in 2004. Just imagine all the stalls at the fest stopping to serve customers as the owners danced their asses off. This was the power of Solomon Burke's performance in 2004. Never before and never again.


Just looking back through the programs and yes in 2004 he and his band were a standout.

Jeff Lang.
Taj Mahal.
Bonnie Raitt.
Chris Smither.
Paul Kelly.
Keb Mo.
John Hiatt.
Buddy Guy.
Crowded House.
Ruthie Foster.
Tedeshi Trucks.
Backsliders.
Paul Simon and Band.
Govt Mule.
Russell Morris and Band.
Archie Roach.
Gregg Allman.

A long list -could go on, but some of our highlights..........and lots of great Ozzie acts that turn up year in year out (Hat Fitz namely.)
glenboss
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 11:00:08 AM
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waffles wrote:
I agree.especially the sunday gig with his version of purple haze.


That's the show I saw. I just looked at the old program. I only know because I saw Wolfmother when his other performance was on (I had no desire whatsoever to see Wolfmother but my kids dragged me along to it and in hindsight I was really glad they did because they were excellent). Robert Randolph also did a cover version of a Beatles song I think ? Anyway, music at it's absolute best !!!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 11:08:09 AM
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from the bluesfests i have attended these were the artists who for me put on the best performance that i caught over the five days.

2007: ben harper & the innocent criminals
2010: buddy guy
2011: robert randolph & the family band - the saturday set with the thriller jam
2012: G3 feat. satriani, vai & lukether
2013: carlos santana
2014: john mayer
2015: the zac brown band
2016: joe bonamassa
2017: carlos santana

excited to see who will be the best set of this years festival as i have around 30 names on my schedule.
waffles
Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 11:29:44 AM
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there is so many I couldn't get it down to ten,some for various reasons
Michael hills blues mob
r,l. burnside...in the juke joint sweatbox...played till the power got pulled.
janis ian.
little Charlie and the nightcats....hopefully rick estrin takes me back there.
Solomon burke...a great showman.
roger mcguinn...a great storyteller.
tedeschi trucks...always...love that band.
paladins..when they threw cds to the crowd...and created a riot.
bela fleck and the flecktones....featuring victor wooten...and futureman.
beth hart...love her passion.
neil finns 2017 show.
rosie ledet...got the middle age men moving.
terrance simian.
Kenny wayne shepard.
Joanna shaw taylor...what a surprise.
steve miller band....close to the best ive seen.
seriously I could go on forever,these were just a few memories.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
comanche
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 6:00:35 PM
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Who remembers Yodelice? That was some set.

Joanne Shaw Taylor = awesome
Ray Beadle = mind-blown... I need to practice more
The Break = Yikes, that was cool
John Butler = Insane 12 string acoustic playing. Passion and energy. Brilliant
mgwfall
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 8:51:07 PM
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comanche wrote:
Who remembers Yodelice? That was some set.



Yes, that was a walking past a tent, being drawn in by the sounds, & had to see them again the next day.

Carney, same thing, playing first on for the day, heard sound bleed from another tent, no disrespect intended to artist I was seeing, but thought process was....what am I doing here when that is happening over there. Saw both other sets that year, by which time word of mouth meant the tent was quite full for an early afternoon set. I think Reeve's back playing music....Peter, please for next year.
Dave Matthews Band 2005, reason I first went to Bluesfest
Dave Matthews Band & Warren Haynes cover of Watchtower 2014
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, shaking my head in disbelief at how good that was at the same time as being completely unable to describe what I was seeing, hearing.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, on the rail in front of Derek & spent 90% of the show just watching Derek's guitar, finally understanding a drummer friend who says he can go to shows & only watch the drummer.
Jeff Beck with Imelda May
Robert Plant, still up there as one of the best concerts I've ever seen
The Wilson Pickers last year, especially for their cover of Joelene
Alabama 3 as the acoustic set
Matt Andersen, great set, but finally getting to see him do Ain't No Sunshine (esp as I sent him a facebook request to play it the day I was planning to see him, & he did, referencing said request)
Rhiannon Giddens, every time
Glen Hansard, never gets a long enough set
Jason Isbell
James Vincent McMorrow, seen him several times since, but none better than that first solo acoustic in 2012
Peter Rowan 2012, that was a wander in for a song to tick off a legend & stay for the rest of the set
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, every set I've seen
Gary Clark Jr, last set 2015, with a new song he called Church.
Joe Bonamassa, saw him first at Bluesfest, seen him many times since.
The Waterboys
spanner1
Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 9:39:52 PM
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Would have to agree on all the suggestions here but agree most with Repete. There has never been a performance at BF as compelling and entertaining as the late great Solomon Burke in 2004. He truly was a giant of a man and and a giant talent and spectacle that had to be seen to be believed. i think the only other great artist not mentioned to date unless i'm mistaken is Eric Burden who was fabulous with the new Animals. The acts mentioned serve notice to the quality of the entertainment dished up by BF over the decades and keeps the diehards coming back year after year.
on on
spanner
glenboss
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:21:20 AM
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comanche wrote:
Who remembers Yodelice? That was some set.

Joanne Shaw Taylor = awesome
Ray Beadle = mind-blown... I need to practice more
The Break = Yikes, that was cool
John Butler = Insane 12 string acoustic playing. Passion and energy. Brilliant


Yodelice is one of my happy memories of Bluesfest. I remember rolling up to the Mojo tent at 12 noon (I'm sure that's when it started) and there were about 10 people leaning against the front barrier which I took as a terrible omen. Anyway I joined them. The band came out and it was an absolutely excellent hour of music. At the end of the show I turned around and the tent seemed fairly packed. It is the one and only time I'll ever see Yodelice but I agree Comanche - That was some set. And what a way to start the day


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